As per a report in The Hindu, The East Godavari district administration is planning one more wooden bridge and a watchtower in addition to the existing ones at Coringa mangroves, besides arranging a couple of houseboats and eco-tourism museum to attract tourists. Collector H. Arun Kumar said INR 80 crore would be spent on tourism development in the district under the ‘Swadesh Darshan’ scheme of the Central government.
“The idea is to develop a tourism circuit connecting Kakinada Beach, Hope Island, Coringa mangroves and Konaseema under the scheme. Since Coringa is the second largest mangrove in the country after Sundarbans in West Bengal, there is a huge potential here on tourism front,” he said, adding that equal importance would be accorded to developing Hope Island into a tourist destination. Plans are afoot to arrange wooden tent accommodations in Hope Island and allocate funds for conducting events like laser shows for the tourists. A sum of INR 15 crore has exclusively been allocated to Hope Island.
We are taking up an integrated project for the development of Hope Island and Coringa, under which tourist cottages are under construction at Coringa. Similarly, we are planning to arrange water fountains, water sports and food courts at Hope Island for attracting tourists,” Arun Kumar said. A sum of INR 90 lakh will be spent on the construction of the watch tower and the wooden bridge in Coringa. Conservator of Forests N. Ravi Kumar, District Forest Officer M. Srinivasa Rao and Kakinada RDO B.R. Ambedkar were present.
Source: The Hindu